Thursday, December 02, 2010

dec 10 - jan 1 | christmas on the air

As you probably already know, this season PT is playing host to a handful of guest production companies.  CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR, opening December 10th, is produced by The Midnight Theatre Collective, headed up by friend-of-PT Damon Calderwood.  Here's his personal email inviting you to see CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR.

Hi friends,

If you are looking for a little holiday entertainment this year that's uniquely different, consider coming to Christmas on the Air.

It's the first production I've done in Vancouver since early 2009!

Damon Calderwood
Benjamin Elliott
Diana Kaarina
Lalainia Lindbjerg
Seana-Lee Wood

Shel Piercy

Tickets range from $11.50 to $29.50

Tickets: 604-731-5518

If you are looking for a great ticket deal, consider coming to one of our pay-what-you-can previews (Dec 8 or 9), or you can see the show for free if you volunteer for concession or ushering (contact Alison Chisholm at for volunteering opportunities).

Here's more info about the show, which is full of comedy, music, and a little sprinkling of everything else!

CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR by Vancouver's Lucia Frangione

Pacific Theatre presents a Midnight Theatre Collective production

Frangione's merry little Christmas show overflows with the warmest sentiments of the holiday season.

With Lucia Frangione's CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR as its holiday offering, there won’t be a Grinch or Scrooge out at Pacific Theatre this Christmas!

Created in 1994 when Frangione was a budding actress and playwright, CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR is a family-friendly, nostalgic romp set in a fictitious Vancouver radio studio on Christmas Eve of 1949 during a live radio broadcast. The audience is part of the broadcast and not only do they participate in the “live radio show” they also witness the backstage antics as PERCIVAL FRANK (Damon Calderwood) tries to keep his annual Christmas show on track and on time in spite of a huge snowstorm and in spite of a potentially awkward revelation on the part of KITTY MCNALLY (Diana Kaarina), the newest member of his radio family. It seems Kitty forgot to tell her boss or his Dutch wife YOLANDA (Lalainia Lindbjerg) and their enthusiastic son DANNY (Ben Elliott) that she has a child. By a man who abandoned her upon learning she was pregnant. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Danny is in love with Kitty and this is the first he’s heard about the baby! SYLVIA WHITE (Seana-Lee Wood), the radio show’s pianist, tries to hold everything together as music soars on show-laden winter winds and Christmas Eve ticks ever onward.

This simple story is the Christmas tree that Frangione decorates with some great old Christmas songs and stories. The stories are hilarious. Stories such as “A Bum's Christmas” and “The Kid Hangs Up His Stocking” or a riotous rendition that pulls out all the comic stops of Clement C. Moore's classic holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. And what would Christmas be without the crystalline sentimentality of stories like “The Gift of the Magi” or “The Little Fir Tree”? It’s all wrapped with great holiday harmonies performed by a cast of some of this country’s finest musical theatre artists. Mayhem, music and the honest simplicity of a story told well. As warm as a cup of hot cocoa after a day in the snow, or as fresh as a newly cut tree decorating the front parlour. Crackling like a Christmas Yule log and laced with the sweet slap of Grandma’s famous rum balls. It is an evening of pure Christmas magic.

CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR is a Midnight Theatre Collective production presented by Pacific Theatre in their 2010/11 season, which will run Wed – Sat, December 8 – January 1, 2011, 8pm curtain, Saturday matinees at 2pm; Wednesday and Thursday, Dec 8th and 9th Previews (pay-what-you-can); Opening night Dec 10th. Friday, Dec 17: Artist Talkback Session.

Ticket information can be found at or by calling the Pacific Theatre Box Office at 604-731-5518.

I hope to see you there...

Merry Christmas, and to all a good night!


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